Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ironic Perkins: "Religious Freedom Should Not Be Held Hostage to Big Business"

Tony Perkins
Last summer Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, was quite busy defending the Citizens United decision. Among other things he claimed that overturning Citizens United would anger our founding fathers. It seems odd that he is now whining about the influence of money on public policy. Yet in an email to supporters on Thursday Perkins summoned up the evil of corporate clout:
Religious Freedom Should Not Be Held Hostage to Big Business, Family Research Council Urges Veto

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to Indiana legislation that would gut the state's Religious Freedom Restoration law which is also on the books in 19 other states:

On the eve of Good of Friday, Big Business is encouraging elected leaders to take the silver over religious freedom.

This new proposal guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and empowers the government to impose punishing fines on people for following their beliefs about marriage.
Further on in the email Perkins (citing the usual cases of the florist, the baker and the picture maker) makes it perfectly clear that businesses need to be able to discriminate against gay people. I would argue that those same cases demonstrate the need for gay people to be protected from bigots. If you cannot serve everyone then you should not operate a public accommodation. Nobody is forcing any of these people to engage in gay sex.
  • All taxpayers pay for the roads that bring customers to the door.
  • All taxpayers pay for the fire and police departments that protect the business.
  • All taxpayers pay for the public government and physical infrastructure that make it possible for the business to operate.
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